Thursday, February 23, 2012

grace in winter


winter knocks on the door of my heart.

light flees and darkness fills the void.
anxiety overwhelms me, i am frozen in my weakness.
a haunting chill burns from my toes to my eyebrows.
despair and uncertainty whisper in the cold.
i need warmth, strength and calm.

and where is joy?
where is the sun?

i cling to grief and gloom.
holding anger and unbelief closely.
they kindle a fire that warms.
a security and peace, false and familiar.

my mind turns to ice, freezing out the truth that i know.

the truth of his word.
the light of his love.
the warmth of his grace.
is it still there if i don't feel it?

it is the spirit who gives life;
the flesh is no help at all.
the words that i have spoken to you
are spirit and life.
{john 6:63 esv}

i cry out to him. he hears me.
i plead for strength, he lends it.
his grace, sufficient in my winter.
life. given once again, by the spirit.
safe.

the misery melts away.
the truth shouts to be remembered.
i weep, my despondency traded for joy.
grace takes over. i am at rest.

winter is still here.
but i have the son.

my flesh and my heart may fail,
but god is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
{psalm 73:26esv}


53 comments:

  1. This is beautiful and so good - did you write it? Very encouraging - thanks Hannah!

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    1. yes, sweet cousin! god is good. love you!

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  2. Oh Hannah... this is beautiful and so authentic. Psalm 73.. so uplifting. so encouraging. Blesings to you today. love to you.

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  3. i really like you. have i told you that lately?

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  4. beautiful words my dear. such comforting Truth. He brings us light. yes and amen!

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    1. thank you, carissa. praise jesus for light! he is GOOD. xo

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  5. That touched my heart this morning. Thank you!

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    1. verna, so glad to hear. god is good, praying for you! xo

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  6. psalm 73.25-26 are such heartening verses.

    'winter is still here. but i have the son.' thank you for this today, my beautiful hannah.

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    1. amen, nic. grateful for the truth that he is here with us!
      so much love to you, dear friend!
      xo

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  7. Hebrews 10:23. No matter our circumstances.

    Have a sweet day my friend.

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    1. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,
      for he who promised is faithful.

      amen, joy! thank you xo

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  8. I was just writing about missing the sun... thanks for reminding me of the Son I always have.

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    1. yes, nessa! love you, let's bask in his rays today!
      xo

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  9. so glad i popped over today to check on my friend...thank you for blessing me with your heart and your words. Beautiful.
    xx

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  10. Oh thank you DEAR LORD GOD for your Truth, that verse in John, I don't know where I'd be without it, His Words are food and drink to me,
    this is beautiful hannah and thank you!!!

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    1. praise jesus for timely truths, gina dear. HE is so good. xo

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  11. Beautiful words, beautiful picture. : )

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    1. thanks, stephanie. seems i use my phone camera more lately, at least in the snow:)

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  12. Your words are truly amazing! Thank you so for reminding me of those verses. God is soooo good!

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    1. christy, thank you! he is good indeed! xo

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  13. Beautiful picture, & LOVEly words!

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  14. this is beautiful, my lovely friend. thanks for sharing your heartache and joy to encourage others. you are God's light.

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    1. you're too sweet, carina. grateful for you! god is good! xo

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  15. oh my. could you just come and have a sip of tea and recite this to me and then maybe pass me a tissue when i blubber?? that would be even better than getting this bit of SONshine here in my dark. you bless me. :)

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    1. lauren, i totally would! some day! be encouraged, friend. xo

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  16. I'm glad Laura asked if you wrote it--I wanted to ask--I thought you did or you would have noted where it came from...It's a beautiful "poem" and hard to believe offspring of mine is so gifted--All of you surprise me with your talents. Early in our marriage, Daddy would say something so well that I would ask "Did you think of that or are you quoting somebody?" Dad--"I do have a brain, you know."

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    1. cindy, you slay me.
      YEAH, i have a brain. also, pretty sure you are the smartest person i know..
      you and dad hurry up and visit me.

      love you. more than coffee and masterpiece theater.

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  17. great post. winter can last so long sometimes {literally & metaphorically}. that last verse is one of my favorites :]

    thanks for visiting my blog!

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  18. Praying for spring for you right now. Psalm 73:25&26 is my life verse.

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    1. thank you, charla! praise jesus for his word! xo

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  19. This is a beautiful, and for me, timely post.
    Thanks you!
    Thank you also for your kind comment at my place.

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    1. yes, elizabeth. thank YOU. god is so good!
      xo

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  20. Beautiful words-needed to hear that today!

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  21. Absolutely beautiful, my friend.
    I am so grateful, and undeserving, of his light.

    xoxo.

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    1. grateful and undeserving. me, too.
      LOVE you, keri! xoxo

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  22. Oh, you have no idea the chord this strikes with me.

    On second thought, you DO know. ;)

    Thought of you today, in my own moment of darkness. It helps to know that I'm not alone.

    xo

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    1. girl, you know i do:)
      YOU are not alone. and WE are not alone.
      praise jesus for friends in the dark.
      clinging to the light with you, precious mama.
      love you, shannan!!

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  23. This is so beautiful!!! "It is the spirit who gives life, the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life." John 6:63 Jesus, we hang on your every word.

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    1. thank you, joye.
      YES, we hang on EVERY word.
      praise jesus.
      xo

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  24. This is a beautiful, beautiful poem. It reflects a lot of what my heart has gone through the past 2 years. You asked, "the warmth of his grace.
    is it still there if i don't feel it?" Yes it is. Don't give up. Keep believing even when you don't feel, even when the darkness seems to be enveloping the light. He is still there. He is at work.

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